Tyrann Mathieu Declares for the 2013 NFL Draft

Updated: November 29, 2012

I think everyone saw this coming after Tyrann got in trouble again for the sticky icky icky, or maybe just maybe someone who cares about him got close to him and gave him some real advice. Either way the Honey Badger and former LSU Tiger will be taking his talents to the 2013 NFL Draft.

According to reports Mathieu has made public his intentions to declare and enter the draft when he is eligible to do so in a few weeks. I believe this is a great decision. It gives him a goal, hopefully keeps him focused on the game and not the other stuff, and gives him time to start the character reclamation process now.

ESPN pundits Mel Kiper and Todd McShay said today that Mathieu is a late third-early fourth round type prospect. That sounds about right. With the way Tyrann plays it is hard to project him to an NFL scheme as a 5’9 170 lbs press corner. Has there ever been a press corner his size to make it?

I think that all in all Tyrann projects to a safety on the next level more than a corner. A comparison would be Ed Reed who really doesn’t have a position or scheme responsibility he’s allowed to just make plays. Mathieu has that kind of ability and would be better used in a similar role.

I personally project Tyrann Mathieu between the fifth round to undrafted because of all the off the field issues. He has first round talent, but will a team take a gamble on a guy who may or may not have his personal demons in check? We’ll see.